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Reviewed 13 December 2007

We stayed at the Sofitel for four nights in a OWB. We also had a meal plan that included breakfasts and dinners. We had an amazing time at the hotel. The OWBs are beautiful and stunningly designed. The lagoon at the hotel is gorgeous. We loved our breakfasts and dinners. The dinners included a lovely show each night. The meal plans were worth it in that we spent $100 per person for all our meals. To give you a point of reference, once lunch almost cost us $70. Moorea is a very pretty island that we fell in love with. The service at the Sofitel was perfect. The only improvement I can suggest is that we are vegetarians and the buffet dinners should label the vegetarian items like you already so thoughtfully in your menus.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Texantraveladdict
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Reviewed 4 December 2007

Just returned last Friday from a great trip. Spent 5 days on Tahiti, 5 on Moorea and 6 on Bora Bora. Moorea was the best. They were all great, however the Sofitel on Moorea was wonderful and the overwater bungalow a dream. Snorkling was great off the bungalow. We stayed in #215 and it had a great view across the Sea of the Moon and Tahiti. Definitely request a bungalow towards the end if you are staying in one over the water. Views are better and water deeper. No matter where you stay on Moorea you MUST do Dr. Michael Poole's dolphin and whale excursion. He is extremely interesting and you learn so much about the dolphin and whales besides seeing them. We were lucky to see a large pod of spinner dolphin that were extremely active, jumping, flipping, smacking the water all kinds of acrobatics in their own natural environment. Unfortunately we did not get to see any whales but did get to hear one on the hydrophone. It was absolutely wonderful. Don't be fooled by imposters - you must ask specifically for Dr. Poole's excursion. You will not be sorry. Moorea was the most relaxing, laid back and beautiful of the three islands we had the opportunity to visit. The shows at the Sofitel were good - the ladies beautiful but I must admit that the one I found the most authentic and the most fun was the Mama Show at the Sofitel Beach Resort on Bora Bora. Bora Bora was beautiful but it has become so built up and much more "touristy" since the last time I was there. Time marches on! Stayed in a beach bungalow there and they are somewhat smaller than those on Moorea but big enough. A lot of boat traffic in the lagoon between the two Sofitels and Nemo dive next door. Not as updated as the Sofitel on Moorea but nice. Overall I would say the staff was not the happiest lot but they were working and we were on vacation so who can blame them!?
The Le Meridian on Tahiti was very nice - stayed on the 6th floor and had a great view of Moorea across the Sea of the Moon. The tour of the inner island was great but could have cut a couple days off the Tahiti stay and extended the stay on Moorea! Next time!! Food is expensive no doubt - but that also has a lot to do with the dollar not being worth the paper it is printed on! There are less expensive places to eat and we found the pizza to be pretty good and reasonably priced. Also, go to the local markets and pick up yogurt, juice, pastry, etc for breakfast. It is good and less expensive.
It is the trip of a lifetime - go for it. You will NOT be sorry you did!!!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Honeysuckle
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Reviewed 30 November 2007

Just got back from Tahiti today. My husband and I spent 6 days in Moorea and absolutely loved the Sofitel. The purpose of our trip was to kick back and unwind from our usual hectic schedules, so the 'lack of activity' at the resort was exactly what we needed. We stayed at the OWB Rm 200, which was the closest one to the pool. This proximity allowed us to jump into the lagoon and swim right up to the pool. If you plan to stay in one of the standard OWBs (not the deluxe), make sure you get the even numbers because these bungalows give you an unobstructed view of the lagoon, while the odd number bungalows give you a view of the other OWBs. We found service to be prompt (this could be due to the fact that we went during 'off season') and the workers friendly.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank TravFiend
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Reviewed 30 November 2007

We were on our honeymoon and found the Sofitel Moorea to be the perfect destination!! It was extremely chic without being cheezy like some resorts. We had a deluxe overwater bungalow which I would highly recommend as it really makes it that bit more special. You can snorkel right off your deck which is amazing.
The restaurant/bar in the Sofitel was also great and really reasonably priced when compared to other restaurants on the island.
I had read on other reviews that the resort was lacking in service but I definitely did not find this to be the case...and who cares anyway, you are on holidays!!

Stayed: November 2007
5  Thank mindyfraser
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Reviewed 28 November 2007

First off I have to say the amount of traveling time to get to Tahiti from the United States will physically and emotionally drain anyone. After a total of nearly 20 hours of flying, lay overs, customs, and another flight from the main island to Moorea, any room would have been fine.

I would say that the Sofitel definately looked better, and had more charm than any other one of the resorts on the island. It doesn't have the convenience of some of the other hotels in contrast to stores and shops. I think the Pearl is the next one worth while. If you plan on doing shopping more than one day, it is going to get very costly in Taxi fare if you stay at the Sofitel. If you prefer better scenery, Sofitel is the way to go. You probably don't need more than one afternoon to visit all the shops on the island for shopping anyway.

The food was mediocre at best, and a lot more expensive that we thought. I don't recommend doing a meal plan, with the exception of breakfast. Although their breakfast is the same menu every day, it is difficult to get food anywhere at that time of the morning. The other draw back is that you have to deal with flys and birds snatching food from the breakfast buffet. And don't be hesitant to ask the workers for american style breakfast items like eggs and pancakes.

Service was mediocre as well. It seemed like unless you spoke fluent French, you didn't seem to get the same service. The first couple of days seemed fine, but as the week went by the service was not so good.

I don't want to drag this review out anymore, but I want to give everyone that reads this and is looking to go to Tahiti a few bits of advice from our experience:

1. If you stay a week or longer, visit more than one island. Moorea was limited on what you can do, and there is only so much snokeling and sitting on the same beach one can do. All the tours pretty much show you the same things on the island, it is just a matter of what type of transportation you wish to take the tour on. I recommend the ATVs. We were looking for a change of view by the end of the third day.

2. Stay at an Overwater Bungalow atleast for a part of your trip. It is worth the extra money. The difference between the Deluxe and Standard Overwater Bungalows is that the Deluxe have a slightly larger deck, a slightly larger room, your shower is outdoors, and you have chairs that recline on your deck. I don't think the experience would be that different between the two other than that.

3. Don't limit yourselves to the hotel food. It is more expensive to eat at the resort than it is to go out. We found the food to be better and cheaper elsewhere. Most of the better places to go eat will pick you up and drop you off for free, but only for Dinner. The only difference is that the Sofitel will have a show for you with your dinner. You are out of luck for lunch unless you plan on spending $20 more for a Taxi to take you somewhere.

4. Expect to spend a lot of money. Just to give you an idea about the cost difference, a 12 pack of Coca-Cola costs us a little over $13 USD. A Cheeseburger and fries costs you about $30 USD at the Sofitel.

It was all still a magical trip. I am not saying all the bad things that people are saying are true, but some of them are. You will have to take them with a grain of salt. Moorea is less commercialized than Bora Bora, but Moorea is a better get away if you want peace and quite. Don't expect to be waited on hand and foot when you do go.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank LamVerga
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